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History + Culture

History + Culture

Mondays, January 15-March 5 | 10:30 a.m.-noon


Jim Lane, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


Put on your bell-bottoms and grab your granny glasses, tie-dyes and beads! Let’s do a little back-to-the-future time travel to the seminal decade of the 1960s. Utilizing a compilation of articles originally published in the New Yorker, we will re-examine the confrontations over civil rights, economics, Vietnam, and lifestyles. We will review the tragedies of the all too common assassinations and the problems and promises of psychedelics and protests. We will re-experience the highs of Telstar and Apollo 11 and the lows of poverty in The Other America and of the damage echoed in The Silent Spring. And we will review our fascination with the entertainment and cultural icons of the era.  Book: The 60s: The Story Of A Decade, The New Yorker (Henry Finder, editor)


Bay United Methodist Church | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >


Tuesdays, January 16-March 8 | 10-11:30 a.m.


Jim Van Horn, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


David McCullough’s book is “history on a grand scale – a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.”  Book: David McCullough, John Adams


Starr House | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Thursdays, January 18-March 8 | 10-11:30 a.m.


Pamela Belknap, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


Two new biographies present fresh, contemporary perspectives on hero Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, who was indispensable to his life and important to Great Britain. Discuss their unique personalities, fascinating marriage, and critical contributions to their nation. Compare and contrast with the lives of the Roosevelts.

Books: Boris Johnson, The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History; Sonia Purnell, Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill


Middleburg Heights United Church of Christ | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Fridays, January 19-March 9 | 10–11:30 a.m.


Pamela Belknap, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


As a young social worker, Frances Perkins witnessed the traumatic Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911, which killed 146 workers. She immediately became an activist, as well as a lifelong advocate for critical reforms and programs. Learn how Labor Secretary Perkins teamed with FDR to create the New Deal legislation, which continues today.

Books: The Woman Behind the New Deal – The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins – Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage, Kirstin Downey; The Roosevelt I Knew, Frances Perkins (Penguin Classics)


Judson Park | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Mondays, January 22-March 12 | 10:30-noon

Barbara Greenberg, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


Jodi Picoult’s novel Small Great Things focuses on racial tensions in a small hospital that flood out into the larger community. Using this book as our central theme, our classes will discuss the wide range of discrimination in our country today, and whether legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, has made any difference in America up to now and what the implications are for the future. Are we the same as we were?

Book: Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >


Tuesdays, January 30-April 17 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, January 30-March 6
In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower appointed California Governor Earl Warren to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the next 16 years the Warren Court would review, interpret and decide cases with far-reaching implications. In this course, we will look at the composition of the court and focus on some of the landmark decisions made from 1961 to 1969.
INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Greenberg, Magistrate, Bedford Municipal Court; Magistrate, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Community Diversion Program

No classes March 13, 14, 15 – CWRU Spring Break

Tuesdays, March 20-April 17
On June 23, 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. But why? Britain has had a contentious relationship with the EU since it joined in 1973, but does this explain why it left? Was Brexit an expression of British populism in a year of populist upheavals? Were voters deceived by the post-truth environment in which we seem now to be living? In this course we'll address these questions and more as we examine the consequences of Britain's exit from the EU.
INSTRUCTOR: Luke Reader, SAGES Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >